Tuesday Tip – “Out Damn’d Spot, Out, I Say!”

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Have you ever oiled your sewing machine,  then started sewing on your project again, only to realize that some of the oil has now transferred to your project?? Or had your longarm machine drip some oil where you didn’t want it?? Today’s tip is how to remove sewing machine oil from your quilt. Cover the oil with cornstarch, rub it in gently, and let sit for an hour or two. Vacuum or brush off the cornstarch, and the oil should be mostly gone! Repeat if necessary.

Speaking of sewing machines, look what followed me home last week:

I stopped at an auction on the way home one night, and practically stole this machine! I had always wanted a treadle to add to my collection. It’s not in bad shape, considering it was ‘born’ in 1913. (I hope I look as good when I’m 97 years old – assuming I make it to 97, of course!)

So how do I know what year it’s from? Did you know if you have the serial number of an older Singer machine, you can find out when and where it was made? More information can be found on their webpage, or call them at 1-800-4-SINGER.

Besides my ‘new’ treadle, I have a 1955 Featherweight, three older portables (two have those curved wooden covers), a 1958 Singer 201 in a walnut cabinet (I even have the original bill of sale for this one!), my late 80s/early 90s J.C. Penney’s model which was the first machine I ever bought, and my 1995-ish Bernina that is my main machine. Then of course there are the two longarms. And maybe eight or so older toy machines.

So how many sewing machines do you have?????

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